PhD Positions

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After managing a community pharmacy in York I returned to academia in 1992 to undertake a PhD to evaluate the role of the clinical pharmacist in care homes. This resulted in two future research streams, improving the quality and delivery of pharmacist education and integrating the pharmacist into the healthcare team. My research skills include systematic reviews, feasibility and pilot studies to definitive trials. Areas of interest are the management of medicines in care homes, the administration of medicines to patients with swallowing problems and the improvement of information transfer between care settings. Additionally I have been involved in a number of studies to improve the quality of pharmacist education.

Current projects I am involved in include the evaluation of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of pharmacist independent prescribers in care home (CHIPPS) and the introduction of Patient Association charter for residents with swallowing difficulties in care homes. Recently completed studies include a pilot study on the provision of medicines reconciliation in hospital, a feasibility study of using the provision of patient services as a model for undergraduate pharmacist education and a definitive trial to determine the effect of multi-disciplinary medication review in care homes.  I was recently commissioned by NHS England to undertake a literature review regarding clinical pharmacy services, many of my recommendations being incorporated into the final Kings Fund review.

I have a strong interest in teaching and have won teaching awards at both the University of Bradford and East Anglia. I have been recently appointed as a professor of clinical pharmacy at the University of Bergen to help set up their undergraduate clinical pharmacy course. I was responsible for setting up the five year integrated degree at the UEA school of pharmacy, managing the introduction of the postgraduate diploma and independent prescribing course and am currently responsible for managing both of our pre-registration contracts for pharmacist and pharmacy technician training with HEE.


Selected Publications

Cadman B, Wright D,* Barton G, Desborough J, Holland R, Irvine L, Nunney I.
Pharmacist provided medicines reconciliation within 24 hours of admission and on discharge: A randomised controlled pilot study.
BMJ Open 2017;7 :e013647
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013647

Watson M C, Ferguson J, Barton G R, Maskrey V, Blyth A, Paudyal V, Bond C M, Holland R, Porteous T, Sach T H, Wright D J, Fielding S.
A cohort study of influences, health outcomes and costs of patients’ health seeking behaviour for minor ailments from primary and emergency care settings.
BMJ Open 2015;5:e006261.
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006261

Neilson AR, Bruhn H, Bond CM, Elliott AM, Smith BH, Hannaford PC, Holland R, Lee AJ, Watson M, Wright D, McNamee P.
Pharmacist-led management of chronic pain in primary care: costs and benefits in a pilot randomised controlled trial.
BMJ Open. 2015. 5(4), e006874
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006874

Adams RP, Barton G, Bhattacharya D, Grassby PF, Holland R, Howe A, Norris N, Shepstone L, Wright DJ.
Supervised pharmacy student-led medication review in primary care for patients with type 2 diabetes: a randomised controlled pilot study.
BMJ Open 2015;5:e009246
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009246

Wright D, Twigg M, Thornley T, Kerr C.
An evaluation of a multi-site community pharmacy–based chronic obstructive pulmonary disease support service.
International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 2014; 24 NOV 2014.
DOI: 10.1111/ijpp.12165

Wright D, Twigg M, Thornley T, Kerr C.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease case finding by community pharmacists: a potential cost-effective public health intervention.
International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 2014; 5 NOV 2014.
DOI: 10.1111/ijpp.12161

Bruhn H, Bond CM, Elliott AM, Hannaford PC, Lee AJ, McNamee P, Smith BH, Watson MC, Blyth A, Holland R, Wright D.
Pharmacist-led management of chronic pain in primary care: results from a randomised controlled exploratory trial.
BMJ Open, 2013;3:e002361
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2012-002361

Desborough J, Houghton J, Wood J, Wright D, Holland R, Sach T, Ashwell S, Shaw V.
Multi-professional clinical medication reviews in care homes for the elderly: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial with cost effectiveness analysis.
Trials, 2011; 12: 218-227

Kelly J, Wood J, Wright D.
Medication administration errors in secondary care older person’s wards: A multi-centre observational study.
Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2011, 67(12), 2615–2627.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05700




  • 1992 to date Practising community pharmacist
  • 2010 Professor of pharmacy practice, University of East Anglia
  • 2003 Senior lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, University of East Anglia
  • 1996 Lecturer in pharmacy practice, University of Bradford
  • 1992 PhD, University of Bradford
  • 1991 Community pharmacy manager, York
  • 1987 BPharm(Hons) Student, University of Bradford

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